- Florida, USA -
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office announced that 19-years-old PEDRO SOLMULEN and 45-years-old YORDIS GUTIERREZ (both pictured), are facing charges of unlawful disposal of a dead animal.
In a news release, the sheriff’s office said that on May 1, 2023, its Animal Cruelty Investigations Alliance detectives made a gruesome discovery in the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood while they were conducting an investigation into an unrelated case.
Investigators found “several animal carcasses in a wooded area near the intersection of 18th Avenue Northeast and Desoto Boulevard. This is a residential area with an elementary school and middle school nearby”, stated the release.
The remains appeared to have been dumped on the property, with large sections removed, others were burned, and other parts were intact. Investigators believed this to be an ongoing issue as the remains were in “varying stages of decomposition.”
As explained in the media release, detectives used surveillance and other investigative tools to identify SOLMULEN and GUTIERREZ as suspects. Motion-activated hunting cameras set up on the site by detectives, captured SOLMULEN and GUTIERREZ “drive up in a blue Chevy Silverado with a 50-gallon barrel in the bed of the truck. Each time the truck left, fresh animal remains were immediately found afterward. This happened multiple times”, stated the release.
Additionally, detectives traced the U.S. Department of Agriculture sales tags found on the remains to GUTIERREZ’s livestock auction purchases in April and June.
Through the investigation, detectives established probable cause for the arrests of SOLMULEN and GUTIERREZ.
SOLMULEN was located on Friday, September 8, 2023, at his residence on 2021 Everglades Boulevard N. in Naples. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Collier County Jail.
GUTIERREZ, a convicted felon, is still at large and detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. So, if anyone is familiar with his whereabouts, please contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) - 252 - 9300. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. Thank you!
In a statement, Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said: “This was outstanding investigative work by our dedicated Animal Cruelty Investigations Alliance detectives who did a lot of leg work and devoted countless hours to this case.”
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Mugshots shared from the Collier County Jail.
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